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. >>> a huge turnout at the vatican today as pope benedict blessed the faithful overlooking st. peter's square. cardinals will vote for a successor. now we may see white smoke rising from the sistine chapel earlier than expected. >> reporter: alex, 50,000 people came to hear the pope. double the size from last week. this is the first pope in modern history to resign the post. he spoke in six languages and thanking them for prayers and support and adding in his german, that these were difficult days. the crowd in turn responded with respect and affection. in rome, where there is no shortage of must-see attractions, suddenly pope benedict is the main stay. this crowd was worthy of a rock star. his exit from his last public mass on ash wednesday turned churchgoers into paparazzi. the season of lent is now a celebration of the 85-year-old pontiff. the hottest ticket in town benedict's final audience on february 27th, the day before he steps down. 35,000 people have already requested free tickets says the vatican. but this extraordinary step creates an extraordinary problem. the church will have tw
in june. his supporters in australia have put his name in the run for the senate. >>> pope benedict is behind closed doors for traditional lenten prayer. thousands gathered yesterday to say goodbye to the pope. he will host his last blessing next sunday followed by a nine general audience on february 27th, the day before he officially steps down. >>> an amazing fact about friday's meteor strike in russia. shockwaves were felt by nuclear sensors halfway around the world. friday's mid-air explosion over central russia had the force of 30 hiroshima nuclear bombs. more than half of the glass that was broken has been replaced. several so-called meteor pieces are already on sale on ebay, but as the saying goes, buyer beware. >> 1 million square feet of glass shattered when that hit. >> that is incredible. i need to go to my backyard and get some rocks. >> some meteor rocks. >> of course. let me clarify. >>> just a week after getting slammed by that monster blizzard, parts of the northeast are digging out from yet another big storm. northern new england got the worst of it with some cities
, include iing some rules from pope benedict that change how they pick his replacement. >> the pope has given the cardinals permission to move up the start date of the conclave which will choose his successor. a cardinal that has been in the headlines for the past 24 hours for all the wrong reasons decides to resign and says he's not coming to the conclave. all this is happening while the faithful celebrate the end of benedict's papacy. even in his final days as pope, scandal continues to dog benedict's papacy and the church. headline rumors of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehemental vehemently denies. because of his role protecting abusive priests, decide to stay home. and cardinal o'brian. >> someone has erred in some way or another, it doesn't salt their judgment. >> reporter: today he resigned. ugly headline that is one vatican watcher says will shape the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of this is politics but other parts of it are the long-delayed reckoning with problems that require face iingd correcting in the church. >> reporter: the scandals have left many o
no working smoke alarms in that house. >>> 21 minutes after 7:00 now on this friday morning. pope benedict is wrapping up his last few days as leader of the catholic church. who will step up to take on the role or who will be assigned that role? we'll get an update on the other side of the break. >> then a d.c. graffiti artist now part of a new documentary and exhibit. this morning hollie is learning all about cool disco dance. she'll join us live. [ harry umlaut ] here w we go. [ sally umlaut ] what? the five stages of muller. ah yes... stage one: suspicion. "it's a yogurt, how good can it be?" stage two: revision. "actually, this ain't bad." stage three: surprise! "look at this cool cornery thing! i love this stuff!!" stage four: desolation. "it's gone!" stage five: anticipation "i guess i could always have another"... "have you been through the five stages of muller yet?" "yeah, just now." [ male announcer ] muller. the european for yummy. who aren't happy with their internet. [ spokesman ] are you lindsay? yes. did you say, "my internet's so slow it's like a car with no gas"? yes. [ ma
for millions of catholics around the world. as pope benedict delivers his second to last blessing before stepping >> hello everybody thanks for joining us this sunday morning. i'm marty gonzalez. i'm ysabel duron. we'll get to the top stories in a moment, but first, let's get right to your forecast with janu arasu. good morning. you can see plenty of sunshine here but we are looking at some areas of low clouds and fog. sunny skies into the afternoon but temperatures will be cooler than yesterday. we will not see any los seven is on the board mainly '60s. taking a look at where tempers are sitting right now about 37 degrees in santa rosa 36 in napa low fifties already in the oakland and mid-40s in redwood city. mid-60's in oakland expected today and into the north bay and '60s there as well. upper 60s expected in napa and a little bit chillier in san francisco getting up to only 62 degrees. the full forecasters coming up including showers. >> oakland police are searching for suspects this morning following a deadly shooting saturday. the shooting happened just before 5 p-m on 8th street n
in the church may wear those red shoes. so when benedict is no longer the pope, he has to give up the shoes but remember, john paul ii wore the red shoes for a couple weeks early on in his pontificate, then wore brown ones. the pope can really do what he wants. he's the supreme pontiff, the supreme ruler of the church and he kind of can make the rules himself and benedict made these himself today. >> interesting. although as you said, raymond, i say this, you know, can't change the doctrine, right? you do everything. >> can't do that. he can protect the doctrine but not amend it. >> let me talk about one other thing. he wears a ring, fisherman's ring. describe it to me and why he's going to actually destroy it. it looks kind of fluorescent green or yellow on his finger. >> now, this goes back to 1265. pope clement iv referenced this ring in one of his letters to a nephew. it is the sign and seal of his office. when you look closely, you are seeing a picture there, it is a bas relief of st. peter leaning over the edge of the boat pulling in fish. this shows and indicates that the pope, whoev
to build up its case. >> andrew harding reporting from pretoria. in other news, pope benedict has indicated he will retreat entirely from public life when he retires at the end of this month. he told parish priests he would remain closed to all of them, but be hidden from the world. investigation into the death of a teenage boy shot dead marking the second anniversary of a failed uprising in bahrain. and a famous owner for a famous brand. heinz, the maker of ketchup and debate beans, has been sold by the business consortium that includes a billionaire warren buffet. the deal is believed to be the largest in the food industry. u.s. airways and american airlines have announced they are joining forces. the merger creates the world's biggest airline in terms of miles flown by passengers around the world. we have this from new york. >> the courtship is over and now they are making it permanent. u.s. airways announced its merger with american airlines. [applause] it was the closest thing to a marriage ceremony. the u.s. airways to executive counted the benefits of this union. >> these are two hig
, new york. >>> the vatican revealed today pope benedict fell and cut his head while on a trip to mexico last year. a vatican spokesman insists, the fall had no impact on his overall, larger decision to abdicate. but it is the second time in three days we have learned of a preexisting health issue with the 85-year-old pope who on tuesday let it be known he has a pacemaker. he had just had a procedure performed to have the battery changed two months ago. >>> still ahead, as we continue on this thursday night, a close encounter, the likes of which we here on earth have never seen before. it's now just hours away. >>> and later on this valentine's day, what's the secret to a long and happy marriage? some surprising answers tonight from folks who know a thing or two about that. >>> suppose you to try wearing a helmet tonight, but little any of us can do about it. the planet earth is preparing, nonetheless, for the closest encounter we have had in a long while with a foreign object, a giant astroid that is going to pass very close to our planet. nbc's kristen dahlgren reports on this close en
concerto. a video from the vatican tv shows pope an addict playing the piano. -- shows pope benedict playing the piano. showcasing work at the berlin film festival. this is in contrast with the rest of journey, where many women are unable to get work because of childcare. . >> the berlin film festival, i berlin itself, has always had a reputation for being edgy and different. for filmmakers like stacy, that is good news. >> all the other filmmakers i know also feel that way. if they are making cutting edge or edgy material, they are interested in going to berlin. interested in going to berlin.
militants against the minority shiite community. >>> as pope benedict prepares to say farewell at the end of the month, there is talk of yet another break from church tradition. the church usually observes a 15 to 20-day waiting period following a papal vacancy to give cardinals time to travel to rome, but church officials now say the process could be moved up possibly in time for a new pope to be chosen before holy week begins on march 24th. >>> back home, the flu epidemic that has been ravaging much of this country's finally showing some signs of letting up, but experts warn it is far from over. the cdc's latest report says, while the number of patients admitted for flu-like symptoms has been leveling out, the elderly are still being hit hard. >>> when "nbc nightly news" continues on this saturday why more and more women are deciding they need to be armed. we'll meet some of them as we continue our special series on guns in america. >>> and later, a different prescription for healing. take a little music from these guys and call me in the morning. >>> consider this. yesterday in just 90
. >>> a conclave to elect the next pope could start sooner than march 15th. pope benedict stunned the world this week by announcing his retirement effective february 28th. he's the first pontiff in 600 years to step down and is staying in office until death. church rules say the conclave is to start 15 to 20 days after the papsy becomes vacant but -- papacy becomes vacant but the vatican is trying the waive the rules. the pope though that has to approve to change before he resigns. >>> gas prices are not expected to go down anytime soon. the average price for a gallon of regular nationwide is $3.67. that's an increase of 12 crepts in the past week alone. experts say gas prices normally rise in late march through early may as refiners switch over to the summer blend. the highest price we found in the bay area is in san francisco, $4.49 a gallon. >>> garbage collection rates could increase by 3% of the redwood city council approves proposed new rates. it would be the third rate hike in three years. they are said to be behind the need for the increase. last year the city council approved a 7.
benedict made one of his last public appearances as the leader of the roman catholic church. we'll explain what's next as he prepares to resign. >> just ten days from now. >> incredible that it's even happening. >>> and giving vision to people who cannot see. it could be the first fda approved bionic eye and we'll show you how it's making a huge difference in the lives of some. >>> later on this half hour, the kinky techniques described in the book "50 shades of gray." who's teaching the curious the lessons that may be difficult to forget? >> i must ask, have you ever read the book? >> i have not read the book? >> not interested or just haven't gotten around to it? >> well, with a baby, i don't have the time. >> we'll get do that more later in the show. >>> some sad news to start off the week about troubled country music star mindy mccready. place say she took her own life yesterday at her home in arkansas. her body was found on the front porch. >> she had been on the top of the country charts since the mid '90s until personal problems derailed her career. just last month her boyfriend die
on a highway in north los angeles. >>> as pope benedict prepares to step down the buzz is blowing that an american could be next in line. >>> apple is the latest victim of cyber attacks with the same malware that hit twitter and facebook. >>> all that -- >> you want a cat fight? oh, we have a cat fight. a pair of brooding bobcats. p>> -- and all that matters -- >> you don't need 30 rounds to protect yourself. buy a shotgun. buy a shotgun. >> joe biden being joe biden. >> -- on "cbs this morning." >> pizza shop owner is offering anyone who shows a shotgun or permit 15% off their order. i hate to break it to him, but every store has that discount. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." norah o'donnell is on assignment. president obama is warning about across-the-board budget cuts soon to kick in. he warns people will lose their jobs and services will be slashed. >> we are now nine days away from those deep automatic cuts. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, gayle. top congressional leaders say it's the president's fa
. pope benedict's successor, anne thompson is there with more. good morning, anne. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. the conclave to elect pope benedict's successor is scheduled to begin between march 15th and march 20g9, but there is talk it could be moved up because the karmds who will elect the new pope are coming here to rome to say good-bye to pope benedict february 28th. we should hear some word perhaps this week. asked who will succeed pope benedict the pope himself yesterday set off a flurry of speculation at his weekly blessing when he addressed the crowd in spanish, he asked them to pay praise for himself and the future pope. some wondered was he sending a secret signal that he would prefer to see a pope from latin america? i spoke to a vatican spokesman who said there was no secret signal, just the pope offering a prayer. >> anne thompson, thank you. >> nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker is in port st. lucie, traveling with the president. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. president obama heads home later today after a weekend of golf, includin
benedict is suggesting we will never see him again after he resigns two weeks from today. the pope told the priests this morning he'll be, in his words, hidden to the world. they say benedict will play no role in choosing his successor. they say he'll move to a vatican monastery to live a life of prayer and it is time now to show yo this morning's headlines. "the new york times" says iran is upgrading its nuclear facilities. new centrifuges were installed last month. meanwhile iran has started a new round of talks with the national atomic energy agency. >>> and "the wall street journal" says the u.s. and europeans have struck up a trade deal. it could take two years to compete. >>> "usa today" says there use news on chuck hagel. they could decide tomorrow. republicans are threatening to stonewall the nomination and moderate republican susan says she'll appose hagel. >> at a hearing yesterday patrick donohoe told senators the postal service needs their help. last year, keep in mind, the post office loft nearly $16 billion. >>> and the "los angeles times" says researchers believe they may
covers silicon valley and golfing with tiger woods. >> new poll shows pope benedict is leave the post on a positive note. a new washington post/abc news poll shows that 76 percent of catholics view the pope fairly and only 14 percent rate the pontiff unfavorable. his popularity lags behind that the predecessor john paul ii who before his death in early 2005 was seen favorable by 87 percent of catholics. pope benedict is stepping down next week. >> a chip maker is planning a $300 million expansion in santa clara to begin in june on a new state-of-the-art campus near their current santa clara base. the 24 acre site will have two buildings totaling a million square feet. the company is best then if products that enable high performance grabs in interactive computer games. thousands of employees are expected to be hired to work at 9 new headquarters. >> the olympic committee wants did necessity if san francisco and san jose want to host the 2024 games. the cool reception from the mayors. >> case unravelling the stunning twist in the oscar pistorius murder cases while you were sleeping and
for one of the final blessings from pope benedict. he delivered a special prayer to the masses from his window overlooking st. peter's square. >> smiling and staring out in a fast cheering crowd, the traditional sunday appearance of the pope. not since six centuries has the pope told his followers he is resigning. this was to be his first address since the shock announcement six days ago. there were banners -- thank you very much, others said, we love you. his voice sounded clear and strong. he spoke in several languages. asking the crowd to pray for him and the next pope. in italian, he expressed gratitude. [spaking italian] >> your presence is a sign of your affection. i am deeply grateful. i thank the administration of rome and all the inhabitants of this lovely and beloved city. >> it has been a momentous, historic week for the catholic church. now the faithful are expressing their emotions by sheer numbers. st. peter's square is overflowing. earlier as people arrived, many of the crowds expressed their emotions. >> we have come to say goodbye. we were here when he was elected, and
of thousands gather in st. peter's square as pope benedict delivers his last sunday blessing. this, as the vatican lashes out at scandalous rumors over why the pope is actually leaving. >>> and we're going oscar crazy this morning, looking at the likely winners and the long shots. "silver linings playbook" won big at the spirit awards last night. is that a precursor of what's to come tonight? just hours to go before the curtain goes up on hollywood's biggest night. >>> hey, good morning, everybody. we've got a live shot of the red carpet in the hollywood. in a few hours, it's going to be crawling with stars, including our own robin roberts and lara spencer. who will leading our coverage at 7:00 p.m. eastern. the spirit awards were held overnight where "silver linings playbook" cleaned up. does it fore shadow a big win for that film? ron claiborne still holding out for "les miserables." >> it was a huge night for jennifer lawrence. for "silver linings playbook." lot of people were talking about that, does she win best actress award? >>> also coming up -- not great news, 11 states in
in johannesburg for us. thank you. >>> the vatican is slamming media reports in italy about why pope benedict decided to resign. two publications say it happened the same day the pope received a bombshell. 300-page vatican dossier documenting homosexuality in the priesthood. ben wedeman joins us from rome. the vatican says this is an attempt by the italian media to influence the upcoming conclave. walk us through this. >> reporter: basically this goes back to the december 17 when three cardinals who were assigned by pope benedict to investigate wrongdoing in the vatican presented him with a 300-page red-bound dossier which included information, according to these two publications, "la republica," a daily newspaper, and "panorama," a weekly magazine, suggesting that there was a network of gay priests within the vatican who were being blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes outside the vatican in the city of rome. the vatican has come out with an uncharacteristically strong statement saying that these "unverified, unverifiable, or false news reports" are damaging to people and institutions
,000 people are expected to attend marches nationwide. >> pope benedict the xvi announced his retirement. >> ♪ this is the second to last prayer before he steps down. that only attracts a few thousand people. today, as can you see there, 150,000 people showed up. benedict will retire on february 28th. the vatican said they will try to choose a new pope sooner than expected so a pope will be in place by holy week. >> they are considering landmark legislation on immigration reform. >> they have a draft proposal from the white house and allow illegal immigrants to become permanent residents within eight years. >> there are 11 million illegal immigrants and they could apply for a newly created is visa. and provide more security funding by the immigration status of the new hires. >> a woman is in the hospital after being hit by a muni bus. >> it happened yesterday afternoon at lake merced boulevard. and the person had serious injuries. the muni driver is undergoing standard drug and alcohol tests. >> they are missing so much work and costing the agency millions of dollars. the san francisco
looming over the final days of pope benedict's eight-year long reign. one of britain's top roman catholics says the highest ranking catholic in the united kingdom, kooechleith o'brien voluntarily stepped down after he was accused of "inappropriate acts" by priests. he was not forced out. pope benedict will keep the title, his holiness when he retired and also called pontiff emeritus. i imagine nobody has ever really needed that title before. >> you are absolutely right. here i am near vatican swrar where they are handing out 50,000 tickets, putting up the risers and loud speakers. many catholics are expected to come here. you are absolutely right. this is an unprecedented situation. never in recent memory a pope emeritus. all of the details will need to be worked out. he will wear a simple white cossick after he steps down. in the meantime, the vatican has been in damage control mode. it wants to get past the scandals which have colored the beginning of this week. we know also you mentioned cardinal o'brien, he will not be coming, it is unprecedented that a cardinal will not come here to t
will hear arguments next month. >>> pope benedict xvi will give its angelus prayer when he gives a blessing in front of a crowd. cnn will be airing live when it happens tomorrow morning, the 6:00 am eastern hour. the pope steps down officially on the 28th. the vatican is hoping to have a new pope in place before easter. >>> for just a moment, imagine your child has hearing loss, but you cannot afford hearing aids. more than 1.5 million kids in the u.s. live in silence because their health insurance doesn't think they're essential. cnn's george howell sat down with 7-year-old hayden mckenzie for a look at the drastic measures he and his family have taken for him to hear. >> reporter: for 7-year-old hayden mckenzie, it takes a little more time in the morning to get started. and for his twin brother, colby, it takes more patience. >> our big question of the day is, you have a hearing aid on. can you hear me? i was thinking about this last night. it felt like a cell phone commercial. can you hear me? can you hear me now? >> reporter: he started losing his hearing when he was 4 years old, a crip
by as much as 30%. >>> also a new controversy as pope benedict gets ready to retire this week. it centers on the college of cardinals that will choose his successor. we're live with that story coming up. did you know not all fiber is the same? citrucel is different- it's the only fiber for regularity that won't cause excess gas. it's gentle and clinically proven to help restore and maintain regularity. look for citrucel today. it's gentle and clinically proven to help restore and madad: you excitedy. for youyeah.st day? ♪ dad: you'll be fine, ok? girl: ok. dad: you look so pretty. ♪ i'm overprotective. that's why i got a subaru. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. jenna: brand new stories coming up next hour including this one. bp on trial with opening statements today in the lawsuit stemming from that horrible gulf oil spill. billions of dollars in penalties now on the line. we're live at the federal courthouse with the latest on this. >>> plus we have another case we're keeping an eye on. jodi arias is back on the stand today in her capital murder trial facing a very intense c
change in the air in case you missed the headlines. here's a look back. >> pope benedict announces he is resigning. >> he didn't have the vigor, didn't have the energy. >> there was a moment. >> no! don't, oh. >> cruise ship from hell. >> there's sewage sloshing in the hallways. >> it smells horrible. >> reporter: a crippled cruise ship, a case of cotton mouth, and a pope calling it quits all made the headlines this week that was. pope benedict floored the faithful monday after his bombshell resignation. >> he says he wants to spend more time with his wife and kids. >> reporter: actually, he says he's too old, too tired to go on. >> holy quit! >> reporter: really, though, a pope resigning? that's like lightning striking the -- actually, lightning did strike the vatican just hours after the announcement. president obama lit up the house floor tuesday night with his state of the union speech. >> the families of newtown deserve a vote. >> reporter: but it was this moment during the gop response that everyone was talking about. >> false choices like the one the president laid out tonight.
benedict xvi steps down at the end of the month, he is going to his summer residence while work is finished on his new home inside the vatican compound. >>> in detroit, icy roads and snowy squalls have led to the multicar pileups across that area. according to affiliate wxyz, the 30-vehicle accident shut down part of the southbound interstate 75. several people were treated at hospitals for their injuries. >>> an idaho man could face a year in jail for smacking a crying child on a recent delta flight. he was sitting next to a little boy and his mother from an minneapolis to atlanta flight. the boy began to cry and according to documents, huntley used the n-word and reached over and slapped the boy. the company he works for says he has been suspended pending an investigation. >>> today is clean-up day in russia. these guys are replacing windows and sweeping up broken glass just like people all over a huge part of southern russia are doing, just about every glass window in an area covering 80,000 square miles smashed at the same time yesterday. nasa calls this a once in a century event. a met
and its passengers. >>> and pope benedict xvi may enact one final reform before he leaves his post at the vatican. possibly allowing for the conclave to start before he officially steps down. current church law forces cardinals to wait at least 15 days after the papacy is vacant to begin the process of picking a successor. the fact that benedict is still alive could help drive some change. >>> in syria today state tv says that 53 people were killed, more than 200 were wounded by a car bombing in damascus. at least three attacks many the capitol today. after merely two years the civil war has claimed more than 70,000 lives. joining us now is pulitzer prize winning writer and reporter dexter whose latest reporting in "the new yorker" i will lyme lum natures why a solution to this crisis has been so elusive. thanks. it's great to see you. thanks very much. you really were digging into hezbollah, its roots in beirut, of course, in lebanon, but also the iranian proxy war that is being fought in the civil war in syria. what is your bottom line in terms of the role of hezbollah, away we'r
. >> reporter: even arranging an audience with pope benedict to tell him about the clinic in ghana. do you remember your knees shaking? >> oh, yes. i was very nervous and very pale and tongue-tied at first. >> reporter: it could turn out he was in the presence of a future pope as well. susan candiotti, cnn, albany, new york. >>> and tomorrow pope benedict holds his last blessing and cnn covers it live in the 6:00 a.m. hour. >>> also tomorrow, the daytona 500. the super bowl of motorsports and all the talk this week is about one driver -- danica patrick. >>> we take you live to the track. >>> first, not everyone in america qualified to go to college is able to go. attacking the problem head-on. this man started a mentoring program preparing high school students to be college students for free and he's this week's "cnn hero." >> the state took me and my siblings away from my mom when i was 14. now we live with our grandparents. i don't want to be faced with the limits that my mom faced, and that's why i want to go to college. my grandparents only went to grade school. there was nobody out th
. appreciate that from you. more coming up. >>> now to the vatican, where moments ago, pope benedict made history, delivering his weekly sunday prayers from the balcony for the last time before he retires this thursday. all this, as the vatican is fighting back against the swirl of scandal with the pope's spokesman making extraordinary accusations against the media. abc's david wright is in rome. >> reporter: this was the last time we will see him in the window for the pope's weekly appointment with the faithful. this time, next week, the papal apartment will be sealed for his successor. the elections, or at least the campaign, well under way. it's an election like no other, an absolute monarch, elected by princes who are appointed, the men in red, one of whom will end up wearing white. palace intrigue is part of the history going back 2,000 years. >> through the course of centuries, cardinals have to face many forms of pressure. >> reporter: now the vatican says that the media is trying to meddle. >> today, there is an attempt to do this through public opinion. >> reporter: salacious cha
as they go forward. the big unknown is we won't know who follows pope benedict xvi. >> that's the excitement that now begins as we have the good-bye, the excitement begins. well, our special coverage will continue in just a couple of moments with suzanne malveaux. we'll take a break. >>> welcome to "around the world," i'm suzanne malveaux. >> i'm michael holmes. we've been watching the coverage of the pope retiring. >> it's fascinating. he's no longer the pope. >> fascinating. we'll begin at the vatican. >> history being made today. in less than two hours pope benedict's resignation will take effect. earlier the pope flew from the vatican to a summer residence outside rome. >> he made his final farewell to the crowds, sent out one final tweet to his 1.5 million followers. it said this, thank you for your love and support. may you always experience the joy that comes from putting christ at the center of your lives. we are going to have full coverage of the pope's last day this hour. >>> syria's rebel forces are about to get a lot more money from the united states, not for bullets or bombs, we
by him. >> fall from grace, for sure. >>> we're getting a better idea how pope benedict foresees his life in retirement. he said he will be hidden from the world. the vatican confirmed that benedict's closest adviser will continue to serve him as a private secretary, even while running the new pope's household. >> big changes ahead. he's like, i'm gone, i'm disappearing. >> i think he's doing that because he doesn't want there to be a perceived idea that he's going to somehow have something to do with the pope's election. >> pass that baton and move back. >>> here's a look at your friday forecast. light snow for upstate new york and northern new england. up to 5 inches in northern michigan. showers in the tennessee valley. heavy downpours from orlando to miami. 4 to 8 inches of mountain snow in colorado and wyoming. >> 40s across the rockies. teens from fargo to minneapolis. 28 in chicago. 48 in beantown. 60s from atlanta to new orleans. >>> before we put the whole valentine's day thing to rest for another year, we want to give a shout out to a couple in pennsylvania. they have been marri
up the conclave to choose a new pope. pope benedict, who met with italy's prime minister today in one of his last private audiences, steps down february 28. the conclave, currently set for mid-march, could happen sooner if the cardinals approve. now to southern california and questions facing the sheriff of san bernardino county about his department'sing of the deadly standoff with former l.a. cop christopher dorner. carter evans tells us the sheriff is standing by his deposit. >> reporter: authorities are now releasing more details about christopher dorner's final hours. we were caught in the cross-fire, a gun battle that lasted nearly an hour. then silence. swat team leader greg herbert: >> there was no response from the suspect, none, no movement. and we felt that, based upon his behavior, that he was laying in wait for us. >> reporter: with daylight fading herbert's team deployed a powerful form of tear gas known as a burner. the cabin caught fire and as the flames grew larger. >> we heard a distinct single gunshot come from inside the house. >> the information we have right now s
airlines will be hon order. the fewer honored. >>> pope benedict xvi held a meeting with priests today telling them he will be hidden from view when he steps down at the end of the month. he says he will live a life of prayer in a former monastery inside the vatican walls. the conclave is expected to begin in march and the election of a new pope is expected to draw millions. the last conclave back in 2005 attracted four million pilgrims. >> that's about half the number of people who moved to california since the snowstorm in the east. >>> see all these ryder trucks moving west on i-80. you would know why. we have some of the best weather. you know? around here this is a great climate in northern california. not too hot, not too cold. maybe today the porridge was just right. highs around 70 degrees. there is a look from oakland toward the beautiful new bay bridge and the port of oakland in the foreground camera bouncing around a bit because we're zooming tonight. 70 in oakland. 74 vacaville. not a cloud in the sky. where are we right now? 67 in co
forecast. eri erica. >>> pope benedict met italy's leader five days before he steps down. there is speculation about whether an american cardinal could replace him as pope. anne thompson has more from vatican city. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. all kind of chatter at the vatican where pope benedict is back on the job after his week-long lenten retreat. he appointed new bishops italy and mexico as people here at the vatican are getting ready for what are expected to be huge crowds for its final two events. meanwhile ther meanwhile, there are many questions about this momentous occasion, like who will lead the church, that are still unanswered. a week before pope benedict retires and still no clear front-runner to succeed him. however, there is a long shot. new york's gregarious cardinal timothy dolan. >> i'll do anything to get you guys to church. >> reporter: praise in catholic circles for his efforts to revitalize the church and fighting obama administration con ra sepgs coverage mandate. this week he was depossessed about how he dealt with abusive prie
benedict's hearing has deteriorated. he appeared to have even gone blind in his left eye. his body is so thin, tailors had a hard time with his clothing. a reporter said he's never seen the pope so exhausted looking. >>> there are new details about friday's meteor strike in central russia. scientists are confirming the first fragments of it have been located. they were found near a hole in a frozen lake where a bug chunk landed. some so-called meteor pieces, with no proof they're the real deal, have appeared on ebay. meanwhile, russian officials say more than half of the glass shattered by the mere yor's power has already been replaced. >>> now to the immigration reform. republicans and democrats alike are predicting president obama would fail if he pushes forward with his own effort to overhaul the system. under the white house's plan, illegal immigrants would be able to get a green card in eight years. top republican lawmakers don't like that. >> by giving advantage for those who cut in front of line for immigrant who is came here legally, not dealing with border security adequately, t
charge. >>> and still overseas, we have word from the vatican tonight. pope benedict has offered a clue about his plans for the future. telling some clergymen today he would soon be hidden to the world. we know he's going to move into a former con vent inside vatican city, but today seemed to be singling he will not play any public role again once he steps down. >>> and now we head to washington, because just this afternoon the president was thrown a curveball. he saw his secretary of defense nominee chuck hagel would be confirmed, but jonathan karl tells us it didn't happen. >> reporter: today was the day the president hoped he would have a new secretary of defense, but republicans blocked a straight up or down vote on his nomination. they don't like him for a lot of reasons, but their complaint today, was they said he didn't turn over enough financial information. the white house is calling this unconscionable and the president in an online chat said, quote, it's unfortunate this kind of politics at a time when i'm presiding over a war in afghanistan and i need a secretary of defense.
. erica? >> thanks. >>> pope benedict met with italy's president this morning just five days before he steps down as the leader of the catholic church. there's some speculation today about whether an american cardinal could replace him as pope. anne thompson is in vatican city with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. there's all kinds of chatter here at the vatican where pope benedict xvi is back on the job after his week-long lenten retreat. he appointed new bishops today to italy and mexico as people here at the vatican are getting ready for what are expected to be huge crowds for his final two events. meanwhile, there are many questions about this momentous occasion such as who will lead the church that are still unanswered. a week before pope benedict retires and there is still no clear front-runner to succeed him. however, there is a long shot. new york's gregarious cardinal timothy doland. >> i'll do anything to get you guys to church. >> reporter: praising catholic circles for his charismatic persona, his efforts to revitalize the church, and fighting the obama
today. a spokesman says the cardinals who will choose a successor to pope benedict xvi could meet sooner than first planned. the vatican says the date could move up with all the cardinals are in rome. 117 cardinals, 67 appointed by pope benedict himself, will choose his replacement after he steps down on february 28th. >>> in california, authorities say it appears cop killer christopher dorner took his own life, making good on his vow he would not be taken alive. autopsy results show dorner died from a single gunshot wound to the head. dental records confirm the body found in the basement of that burned out cabin was dorner's. more on that week-long manhunt and who gets the million-dollar reward. >>> half a world away, authorities are investigating the murder of a top model found dead valentine's day at the home of her boyfriend, oscar pistorius. pistorius sobbed uncontrollably as he was charged with premeditated murder in the death of reeva steenkamp. charges that he denies. pistorius is in jail. family members say he is numb with grief and shock. steenkamp is starring in a reality show
of benedict's papacy, while scandal and intrigue engulf some of the men who will choose the next pope. even in his final days as pope, scandal continues to dog benedict's papacy and the church. italian newspapers headline rumors of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehemently denies. american cardinal roger mahony has ignored calls to stay home from a conclthat chooses the next pope because of his role protecting abusive priests. scottish cardinal keith o'brien, who commented on mahony's situation last week. >> someone has erred and we have anoth another. >> reporter: today cardinal o'brien resigned after being accused by three priests and former priest of inappropriate behavior going back to the 1980s. ugly headlines that one vatican watcher says will shape the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of this is politics, but other parts of it are the long delayed, reckoning with problems that require facing and correcting in the church. >> reporter: the scandals have left many of the faithful weary. >> i'm a true believer and i hope that catholics will get a better name these days.
you. >>> and pope benedict is suggesting we will never see him again after he resigns two weeks from today. the pope told a group of priests this morning he with will be in his words "hidden to the world." he says he will have no authority once he steps down. the pope will move to a vatican monastery to live a life of prayer. >>> time to show you some of this morning's headlines. "the new york times" says iran is upgrading its main nuclear facility. top iranian nuclear scientist says new centrifuges were installed last month. iran has started new round of talks with the international atomic energy agency. >>> the "wall street journal" says a broad trade deal is on the table, the deal could take two years to complete. >>> "usa today" says there's news on the senate showdown over chuck hagel, thagel, the senate is expected to vote on hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense tomorrow. republicans are threatening to stonewall the nomination and moderate republican susan collins of maine says she will oppose hagel, but not a filibuster. >>> "the washington post"
earlier today says, once retired the benedict will be known as emeritus pope. he will continue to wear the white and trade-in his famous red shoes. the prada red shoes, for a pair of handcrafted brown loafers out of mexico. why is that important, i wonder. martha: i have no idea. bill: benedict officially retires on 2/28. which is thursday. the first pope to do so in 600 years. martha: italian loafers on one foot and mexican --. going green has some folks in falmouth, massachusetts, is seeing red today. the wind turbines they say not only decreased home values and disrupted people's sleep and making people sick. the community is taking them down after the hubbub it took to put them up. a whole lot of problems for the folks in cape cod. molly line is live from falmouth. good morning, molly. >> reporter: good morning, molly. two turbines that were erected above the falmouth community here in cape cod were intended to create green energy and energy savings. they have created division here in the community. they may be removed at a high cost. that is because neighbors are complaining about
year. an italian newspaper reports pope benedict xvi hit his head during a trip to mexico and woke up bleeding. the injury has nothing to do with the 85-year-old's decision to step down. something no hope has done in 600 years. >>> for four days, more than 4,000 people have been eating scraps of cold food, going to the bathroom in trashcans and bags on the carnival cruise ship. there it is, while they were doing that, carnival c.e.o. went to miami heat game. oh, good pr. that's next. >>> a fox urgent. the disabled carnival cruise ship limping pack to port in alabama back on the move after a tow robe broke but a ship captain tells us it will be a minimum of eight hours before the ship is docked. i doubt that. more than 4,000 passengers and crew have been stuck on the ship since it lost power sunday. the last five days have been horrible. the inside said to be hot and ripe with the stench of raw signing and more we can't describe. little food. carnival cruise lines claims we're doing all we can. each passenger gets 500 bucks, free flight home, full refound for the trip and credit for an
been mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed pope benedict. today he was questioned behind closed doors in the catholic church's sex abuse scandal. >>> look out midwest. you have some crazy weather on the way. a winter storm could dump as much as 18 inches in parts of kansas and that's just the beginning. the latest with chad myers coming up. neutrogena®. >>> the rising political star of former democratic congressman jesse jackson jr. has fallen to the ground in a streak of misused campaign funds. money he and his wife spent on things you would never even dream of buying. even on someone else's dime. elk heads? fur capes? two hats formerly worn by michael jackson, and memorabilia involving the late martial arts star bruce lee. the tab coming to $750,000. in washington, jackson pleaded guilty to federal charges today saying he has no interest in wasting taxpayers' time or money with a trial. leaving the courthouse, jackson apologized. >> i'm sorry i let everybody down. >> did you say you are sorry you let everybody down? >> i'm sorry i let everybody down. >> i really, really am so
, went through a lot more ordeals and i think more health problems than pope benedict, but i don't -- i'm not in a position to criticize. i don't know what his status of health is. >> but if an american president retired on the grounds of exhaustion, they would be ridiculed, wouldn't it? >> i think it wasn't just exhaustion, but he wasn't able to handle the mental challenges to handle his job. it's up to him to make a decision. not been done much in the past. >> a lot of people when i said i was interviewing you. >> yes. >> said to me, as long as last time, said he's the greatest post president america has ever had. is that compliment or a veiled insult? >> i take it as a compliment. my wife would take it maybe as a veiled insult. we did a lot of good things when we brought peace to egypt. we formed an alliance with china after 35 years, we told the truth, we kept our country at peace for four years, which is a rare thing. >> incredibly rare. >> i think we -- peace and human rights. >> has the role of president changed dramatically do you think? >> yes, it has. >> when you look at the c
next leader will be after the resignation of pope benedict xvi. the rule calls for a 15 to 20- day period before the cop clay begins. it's now possible that the meeting to choose the successor could start sooner than march 15th, the earliest day it could begin. >> the constitution also says this is to allow time for the arrival of all those who may need that time to arrive. however, if all cardinals had already arrived, there would be nobody to wait for. >> reporter: the start of the conclave is of particular importance because of the upcoming holy week that includes palm sunday and easter. the new pontiff would have to be installed by march 17th to have a play. pope ben ticket is holdle holding some of his private audiences on saturday meeting with italian prime minister. the pope's twitter account with 1.5 million followers will go silent the day he retires. >> during the days after the 28th, no tweet will be sent because there is no pope to send it. and, so, when the new pope will be elected, we are going to present to him such an opportunity. >> reporter: the pope's last genera
of pope benedict xvi a week after his announced resignation. according to a report in "focus," the pope appeared to be blind in one eye and is losing his hearing. benedict cited his poor health and decision to resign. february 28th will be his last day as pope. >>> driver danica patrick wins the pole position for the daytona 500. that makes her the first woman to start the legendary race. she told don lemon she loves the idea of going beyond racing in general. >> one of the coolest things is to be able to think that parents and their kids are having that conversation at home about it, and to, you know, i heard stories about a kid, a boy or girl, saying, but, mommy, daddy, that's a girl that's out there racing. and then they can have that conversation to say, you can do anything you want to do, and gender doesn't matter. your passion is what matter s. and that's cool. >> patrick won the pole position by going more than 196 miles per hour. the daytona 500 is this sunday. >>> meteor hunteres say this moment could mean big bucks for them. a sonic boom as a meteor shatters, sending fragments
. >>> so one week from today, the roman catholic church will be without a pope. pope benedict xvi is resigning. cnn's brian todd is here in "the situation room" with more. so what happens in the interim. he resigns before a new pope is elected? >> that's right. the game of who's in charge and who's next is in full swing. the vatican is being opaque right now but we do know of some key players to watch. it's palace intrigue in overdrive with benedict xvi leaving, who will take over the vatican until a new pope is elected? an administrator that deals with fi n fi nans, portrayed as an evil master power broker. in real life, the title is held by a powerful position of secretary of state who in the vatican is like a prime minister. experts say don't get the idea that bertoni is the face of a legend. >> he's not the best organizer? >> no. the joke in rome is he couldn't organize a one-man band. >> michael shawn winters says bertoni was damaged in the scandal when mismanaged and corruption was leaked. despite his current status, he has no shot of becoming pope. analysts say he's also a
city, where more than 100,000 gathered in stst. peter's square to hear pope benedict read the angelus to the faithful one final time. anne thompson joins us. the world just saw benedict xvi on that balcony window for the last time. what's the mood been there to y today? >> reporter: i think a lot of gratitude and also sadness to see him retire. but peoplens why he wants to retire. he's 85. he told the crowd that he's not going to abandon the church, alex. he said that in instead god has asked him to lave life of more prayer and meditation, and he says that's more appropriate for someone of his age and his strengths. >> yeah. you know, not to besmirch all this, but there were some reports circulating in some italian papers about blackmail being a reason why the pope was stepping down. how does the vatican address that? >> the vatican has come back very strongly against those reports, alex. they were in a paper called la republica this past week. and the vatican took the unusual step yesterday, the vatican secretary of state, of calling -- of issuing a statement calling the situation b
benedict xvi has given his final mass in a rare ovation from the people assembled at st. peter's kba silica. nbc's anne thompson is live with us in rome and i don't think we knew the full extent of the troubles he was experiencing in mexico, that final trip where he was in mexico and in cuba, we knew there were scandals in the church there, protests for lack of an apology. but now it turns out he took a fall in the middle of the night and hit his head? >> reporter: he did and it was after that trip when he wind chill factor to cuba that the pope made the decision he was going to retire and started setting the wheels in motion here for the announcement that came earlier this week. he apparently got up in the middle of the night, he actually cut his head, there was some blood in his hair, the vatican said. but the vatican spokesperson said today in a meeting with reporters said, look, don't read too much into that one incident. yesterday at the ash wednesday mass in st. peter's basilica is that this pope is suffering from the ravages of age, he was wheeled down the aisle and he had to be help
dolan has been mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed pope benedict. today he was questioned behind closed doors in the catholic church's sex abuse scandal. none of us would want to be told we can't marry the person we love. that's why a growing majority of americans believe it's time to allow marriage for gay and lesbian couples. when couples are committed they ought to have i think the same sort of rights that everyone has. allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country freedom means freedom for everyone. our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, it's time for marriage. dad: you excited for youyeah.st day? ♪ dad: you'll be fine, ok? girl: ok. dad: you look so pretty. ♪ i'm overprotective. that's why i got a subaru. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. >> look out midwest. a human being winter storm could dump as much as 18 inches much snow in parts of kansas, and that's just the beginning. the latest with chad myers coming up. a
plans to pick a new pope could be speeding up. pope benedict, considering changing the vatican constitution to allow a vote for his successor before march 15th. that's when the conclave had been set to begin. ben wedeman is in rome and i asked him what else he knows. >> reporter: erin, officials in the vatican are sending out messages that they would like to hold the conclave earlier than originally projected, just a few days ago, they were talking about the 15th of march. what they would like to do is hold it a bit earlier, bringing those 117 cardinals to rome to vote for the next pope, as quickly as possible. they definitely want to avoid what happened with pope gregory x in the 13th century when the conclave went on for three years. the last time there was a con cl claif, it went on for two days and that would be i deal for the vatican. they would like to have the whole process of electing the next pope and putting that pope into power over and done with by the 24th of march, by psalm sunday. erin? >>> still to come, we talk to a photographer who spent time with both oscar p
father. pope benedict xvi would tell the cardinals and tell the bishops, talk, open up, let it all be known. >> reporter: connell agrees with victims here in milwaukee who says the archdiocese has taken an especially hard laine to kee abuse victims secret and to protect its money. attorney jeff anderson represents hundreds of clergy abuse victims from around the country. >> the archdiocese in milwaukee has been particularly deceit fu, because they've been insulated for so long, they felt and believed they could get away with it. >> reporter: for decades, wisconsin's state law prevented most victims of sexual abuse from filing lawsuits, which protected the church. when that changed, critics say the archdiocese prepared for upcoming lawsuits by moving its money. church financial records show $55 million buried here, in a cemetery trust fund. the church says the money was paid by people who bought burial plots, expecting perpetual maintenance at eight archdiocese cemeteries. marquette university law professor, ralph says if any money was used to protect it from abuse victims, the dioc
to floridians," said tea party activist everett wilkin son. he called scott the "benedict arnold to the patriot and tea party movement in florida." well, that's a new badge of honor that rick scott can wear. joining me tonight howard fineman, nbc news political analyst and editorial director of the huffington post media group. howard, always, good to have you with us. >> hi, ed. >> big turn for a very visible governor in a very crucial state. what does it mean? >> well, what it means is reinforces the trend you were talking about at the top of the show, first of all. the "usa today" poll, i don't know if it did poll on obama care, but the general drift of things is in the direction of activist government. athat's what you said at the top. you're absolutely right. and this is part of it. and in that sense even rick smith -- i mean excuse me, even rick scott had to accept reality, as he said. but there's more to it than that. first of all, there's a lot of money involved. billions of dollars. for the state treasury over the next two years. that's number one. number two, don't forget that rick sco
, it was a very frail and tired looking pope benedict xvi who addressed tens of thousands of pilgrim house are gathered in the square at st. peter's behind me to hear what was the pope's last public blessing. he had said sensationally only a week and a half ago that he was resigning because he was of ailing health and that he was too old for the job. but now, questions around who knew what when storm clouds gathering over the roman catholic church. the italian media is abuzz with allegations that a network of gay clerics have made themselves vulnerable to blackmail from male prostitutes. the vatican has responded to those allegations by saying, and i quote, "it's deplorable that as the time for the roman catholic church to elect a new pope approaches," talking, of course, to the conclave, "a rash often invented, unverifiable or completely false news stories has appeared." to add to this, british media public stories about the top scottish cleric and only eligible british cardinal for conclave reporting that four priests, three current priests and one former priest, are alleging inappropria
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